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A Matter of Time (1976)

A simple young woman helps eccentric old countess deal with her old age and she introduces the young woman to a world of upper class society.

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Nina
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Contessa Sanziani
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Count Sanziani
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Mario
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Valentina
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Antonio Vicari
Geoffrey Copleston ...
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Charles Van Maar
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Gabriele d'Orazio
Jean Mas ...
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Sister Pia
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Tewfik
Virgilio Volpe ...
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Philippe Hersent ...
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Nina has just started working as a chambermaid in Rome's Imperial Hotel, a once grand but now slightly run down establishment. She works alongside her cousin Valentina, who encouraged her to do this work to expose her to a better life. One of the people whose room Nina attends is seventy-two year old Contessa Lucretia Sanziani, a longtime resident who has been estranged from her husband, Count Carlos Sanziani, for forty years. However, her stay at the hotel is threatened when her money stars to run out and the Count informs the hotel that he wants nothing to do with her, even if something serious happens to her. The Countess was once considered the "love goddess" of Europe, she who still lives in the fantasy of that life and her memories. In Nina, the Contessa sees a younger version of herself, and encourages her to be herself and that people will notice. The Contessa also takes her under her wing in providing a more polished version of herself to the world. During this process, the ... Written by Huggo

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The adventure of discovering the joy of being a woman. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Isabella Rossellini plays Sister Pia and happens to have a half-sister named Pia - Pia Lindström the daughter of her mother Ingrid Bergman and Dr. Petter Aron Lindström. See more »


Soundtracks

A Matter of Time
Music and Lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander
Performed by Liza Minnelli (uncredited)
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WORTH A LOOK, With All That Talent
17 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A big disappointment, but with the talent involved, this movie couldn't not be worth a look - Bergman, the Minnellis, Boyer's brief cameo, a John Gay screenplay (which evidently went awry and became something of a muddled mess) and Geoffrey Unsworth (though time hasn't been kind to his cinematography, which looks murky now). Something was definitely missing here, and I had trouble keeping track of who was who among several of the characters. Bergman was an interesting combination of Auntie Mame and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Liza's in great voice here: the two Kander and Ebb songs aren't bad at all, and "Do It Again" was superb (we know who she must have been thinking of), but where do the songs fit into this muddle? Was it intended as a semi-musical? And why does Liza Minnelli (as Nina) suddenly take Bergman's place as the Countess in the 'flashbacks' - are these supposed to be scenes from Nina's film, or merely in Nina's head? Also, the movie is supposedly set in 1949 but has no period feel or look at all - it looks like 1976. The soundtrack - music and dialog both - sounds like it was almost entirely post-synched, and is reminiscent of one of those bad Italian sword-and-sandal or horror movies of the 1960s or, what's worse, like one of those imported "art films" (the X-rated variety).


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